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Property tax bills to be mailed next week; payment options outlined

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The Porter County Treasurerís office announced that spring property tax bills have been mailed out and will be arriving in mailboxes this week.

Treasurer Mike Bucko said on the back of the tax coupon the taxpayers receive are instructions on how they may pay their bill.

Payments can be done in four ways – by mail, in person at the Treasurerís office, online at (click on the ďPay Your Tax BillĒ link on the right side of the home web page), or by using the drop box at the County Administration Building at 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.

Make checks payable to Porter County Treasurer.

Spring installments of tax bills are due on Friday, May 10, according to state law. The fall installment is due on Nov. 12.

A 5% penalty applies if no prior delinquencies are on the bill and it is paid within 30 days of the due date. A 10% penalty applies if there are prior unpaid delinquencies on the bill or if the bill is paid more than 30 days after the due date. The penalty must be included with tax payment.

On-Time Tax payments must have a legible US Post Office cancellation or a US Post Office postage mark dated on or before the due date. Also mailing to a wrong address or not receiving a tax bill isnít a reason for having a late payment penalty waived.

If your address has changed, do not send address changes with your tax bill payment. Notify the Auditorís office at (219)-465-3445.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the County has been on schedule for on-time tax bills. The County Assessorís office performed ratio studios and configured assessments while the County Auditorís office applied exemptions, deductions or abatements to determine the net assessed values.

By Mail

Taxpayers paying their bill by mail need to send their payments to: Porter County Treasurer, P.O. Box 2150, Valparaiso, IN 46384-2150.

Make sure your phone number and duplicate number are included on the check.

Canceled checks will act as receipts for taxpayers and the checks will be getting back to the bank much sooner than in past years, Bucko said.

In Person

For those wishing to pay in-person, the county treasurerís office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Porter County Administration Building in Suite 209.

Payments may be made with cash, check or money order. Credit/Debit payments have a small fee added.

Drop Box

Payments can also be placed in the Treasurerís drop box which is located on the wall to the right of the elevator in the rotunda as you walk into County Administration Building.

The Drop Box is for pay with checks only. Make sure your phone number and duplicate number are on the check. Your canceled check is your receipt.

Online Payments

Taxpayers wishing to pay online are directed to go to the county website, and click under Pay Your Tax Bill.

The E-check option is FREE. E-check will pay for your bill by taking the money out or your checking or savings account.

Again this year, payments can be made using VISA, or MasterCard credit cards or debit card. Those paying in this manner should know that Chase Bank applies a small convenience charge for the service.

Follow instructions and print your receipt afterwards. It will take at least seven working days before the transaction is posted to your account.


Posted 4/16/2013